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The Katajanokka area of Helsinki was a headland of the Helsinki peninsular until a small canal was dug across the base in the 19th century, making it an island.
The area is dominated by the Uspenski Cathedral.


If you walk past the Cathedral you will find many fine examples of early 20th century Art Nouveau architecture.
I particularly like the roof lines and the decoration. Here are just a few examples.

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Don’t miss this area if you visit Helsinki. It is within easy walking distance of the main shopping district.

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Parliament House in the Toolo district of Helsinki is an impressive building.

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It is built in a combination of Neoclassical style and early 20th century  modernism. The exterior is constructed in red Kalvola granite. The facade has 14 columns with Corinthian capitals.

In 1923 there was a competition to choose the location for Parliament House. Arkadiamaki, a hill beside what is now Mannerheimintie, was chosen.

An architectural competition the following year chose the firm of Borg-Siren-Aberg to design the building. Sigfrid Siren Siren (1889 1961) was given the task. Parliament House was constructed between 1926 – 1931 and was inaugurated on March 7 1931.

Guided tours are arranged on Saturdays at 11.00 & 12.30. Sundays 12.00 & 13.30. In July and August also at 14.00 on weekdays.

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This 100 year old building in the Katajanokka area of Helsinki was designed by Gustaf Nystrom. It lay dormant for the past 40 years, only used occasionally as storage. It came to life in 2010 when it began to be used for exhibitions and events.

It is a stunning example of the National Romantic style and was built at the turn of last century to support the rapidly growing city.

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Here is an old photo of the building when there was a lot more space around it.

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I really liked the Pop up Shop that appeared in the building as part of Helsinki Design Week.
Click here to the the post on the shop.

It is wonderful to see this stunning building being used again.

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On my last trip to Helsinki I stayed at the gorgeous Glo Art Hotel in Lonnrotinkatu 29, in the heart of Helsinki. The 170 room hotel is in a 1903 Art Nouveau castle. The rooms have been created by Finnish designers.

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The front door is stunning, and the decoration on the outside of the building is very interesting.

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The reception area is also decorated beautifully.

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There is a restaurant in the cellar, where I had a very delicious dinner.

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The breakfast I had there the next morning is one of the best I have had in Helsinki.

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There is a very cute breakfast nook.

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I will definitely be staying at the Glo Art again.

The rooms are very stylish.

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hotelglo.fi//glo-art

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The very striking building in Mannerheimintie is Kiasma, Helsinki’s museum of contemporary art. The building designed by Steven Holl is a work of art itself. Construction started in 1996 and the museum was opened in 1998.

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The interior is stunning.

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The art collection is interesting as well.

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There is also a very good bookshop and cafe at Kiasma…..you could easily spend several hours there…..particularly on a cold, wet, dark day.

Tickets €10
Under 18 free admission
Free admission 1st Friday of the month…17.00 – 22.00

Monday….closed
Tuesday …..10 – 17
Wednesday and Thursday…..10 – 20.30
Friday….10 – 22
Saturday……10 – 17
Sunday……10 – 17

www.kiasma.fi

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The beautiful Uspenski Cathedral, Russian church, sits high on an hill in the Katajanokka peninsular, keeping an eye on the city. It was designed by Russian architect Alexey Gornostaev and was built between 1862 and 1868.

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It was closed on my last trip to Helsinki. Next time I visit hopefully I will be able to show you the magnificent interior.

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I love the style of architecture in Helsinki, especially the decoration on the buildings. Come for a walk around the city with me.

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I wonder why you would have bats on either side of your entrance. I love them, but I am curious.

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Sometimes the decoration is not permanent.

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Helsinki is a beautiful city to wander in…….don’t forget to look up.

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